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Review
1 Stars
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

I was particularly disappointed when I just finished reading it, see review below. I'm very curious what I will think of it when I reread it for the first time. I think I will be less harsh this time.

 

I thought this to be the worst book of the series. Most important reason 

the end. I thought that was horrible. Harry Potter should have died to end the series properly. This dying and not really dying, I didn't like it. It seemed to me that Rowling was so attached to Harry Potter that she couldn't let him die. Even though it had been better for the books.

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There were other things I didn't like either in this book. You could see a change in how they react on the death of people. First, there is a lot to do about everyone who dies. But in the end it is like she is rushing through this part and they see all those death people and only think 'whatever?'. (At least it gave me that impression). I do like that part when Harry, Ron and Hermoine live in Sirius' old home with that house-elf (I don't know how he's called in English).
This was my least favorite of the Harry Potter books, I had hoped for it to have a better ending...

Review
4 Stars
Yea Though I Walk
Yea Though I Walk - J. P. Sloan

I had previously read some books from JP Sloan (The Curse Merchant) but they were quite different from Yea Though I Walk, which I can only describe as a gritty Paranormal Western Horror. Talk about blending some genres together.

I'm normally not really someone for the Western genre, but the grittiness of it really added to the story. Add to that the Wendigo and vampires and it made a surprisingly entertaining read. I think the main character, Odell, could have been fleshed out a bit more (no pun intended) but otherwise a really nice read.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

After the first time I read the series, this has remained one of my favourites, even though the ending must have been spoilt to me at least a hundred times, so that part didn't come as a surprise. However, I really liked this book and I think it contains some of the most compelling scenes from the series.

Certainly recommended!

Review
3 Stars
Woman Much Missed
Woman Much Missed (Little Black Classics #14) - Thomas Hardy

I'm not very experienced in reading poetry. I can say I like it, but always is small portions. Woman Much Missed collects poems Thomas Hardy wrote after losing his wife in 1912. Therefore, they are all dark in sadness, but beautifully so as Hardy struggles with his loss. There was a lot of symbolism there that I quite liked, but after awhile it was rather heavy and I am wondering if it really is a representative sample of his writing (as it was all inspired by one tragic event).

Little Black Classics ~ #14

Review
4.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

My gosh, this is quite the long story for a child to read. But I really liked it. Some called it too political, some a little bit boring, but for me this is one of three Potter books I like best (after HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban & HP and the Half blood prince). I liked the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledores Army, but I couldn´t stand Umbridge (for understandable reasons).

 

Of course I believe everyone should at least have read this series once, so I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. But start at the beginning!

Review
4 Stars
Ik Hou Van Artis
Ik hou van Artis het park, de dieren, de mensen - Jan Paul Schutten, Nienke Denekamp

Een aantal jaar had ik een abbonement op Artis, de oudste dierentuin van Nederland, en omdat ik dat altijd erg leuk vond was ik ook nieuwsgierig naar Ik Hou Van Artis. Het staat vol met verhalen van medewerkers en bezoekers en veel mooie foto's. Heel leuk om eens te bekijken.

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Some years ago I used to visit Natura Artis Magistra (Artis for short) quite a lot and I always enjoyed visiting The Netherlands' oldest zoo (1837) so I was interested in this book. It's filled with nice stories from visitors and workers alike and contains also a lot of nice (old) pictures. I really enjoyed going through it.

Review
4 Stars
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

The Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite book of the series, so it's obvious I didn't like this one as much as I did the third. In my opinion it took too long before Harry and his friends are actually going to school again. And I always liked the schoolparts of the stories best. I liked the end of this book...


I thought you can really feel that Rowling is willing to make her books 'darker' and more sinister in comparison with the first books.

Review
3.5 Stars
Hell's Teeth
Hell's Teeth - James Fahy

Dr. Harkness is thrown into a lot of mess in the dystopian world of New Oxford as her supervisor goes missing and the only thing that is left of her is, surprisingly, her teeth. Harkness turns out to be a great main character as she guides us through her world with a lot of wit, which made this book so nice to read.

The world is filled with Genetic Others, Vampires and the like, which has of course been done a lot recently in the genre, but it still somehow feels fresh in Hell's Teeth. I should really pick up the second book in the series soon!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

And this is where I became a fan of Harry Potter. I really liked it! It's often been said that it is the best of the Potter books, and currently, I have to agree. I liked the story, the characters, everything really. Finished this one really quick.

The only thing that sort of scares me is: will the book live up to my expectations on re-read? (*fingers crossed 'cause I sure hope it does*)

Review
2 Stars
Kokoro
Kokoro - Keith Yatsuhashi

For the biggest part of Kokoro I felt like I was missing a lot of it. It is of course my own fault for not realizing it was a sequel before getting the book, but still this is one of these books I would certainly not recommend reading as a stand-alone as you will probably feel as lost as I did.

It's presented as a combination of Japanese folklore and science-fiction, and at times it felt like I was reading a manga (without the pictures), but the story moved incredibly fast and was at times a bit overwhelming. Due to this, I never really got invested with the characters, either on Higo or on Earth. If I had liked Kokoro better, I would have certainly checked out Kojiki too, as I would have like to see how it all started, but as it stands, I'm rather hesitant and think I'm going to pass.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
3.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

When I first read the Harry Potter series, almost ten years ago now, I was mostly looking for what made people think it was a great series. I never read a lot of fantasy as a child, and was only slowly starting to appreciate the genre.

I think this is what I was still a bit feeling when I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I remember it as quite nice but also still quite slow and quite childish. It's already listed for reread (and very few books are) because I would like to get a better view of the book, also more in perspective. Hope to do it somewhere in 2017!

But what I've always liked best about the Harry Potter universe is everything surrounding it. That a whole generation grew up with it and will get your references, some of things fans have created around it. I think that is great.

Review
4 Stars
Zombies: A Brief History Of Decay
Zombie Nation - Olivier Peru

Originally published in French, Zombies: A Brief History of Decay was a graphic novel that sparked my interest when I came across it on Netgalley, even though I had recently read quite some zombie fiction already, and with different levels of success. But I found, when you don't stop to overthink this one, Zombies was actually a really nice read.

The art was nice and consistent while the story was also okay. It was a bit fast and felt a bit cramped at places, which made that I had to go back and read it again to make sure what had happened, but it didn't bother me too much. It's both a survival story and a father looking for his daughter, so to some extent you know what you'll be getting. If that's your cup of tea, try Zombies and you won't be disappointed.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4 Stars
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

I took me years to start reading Harry Potter. I think the main reason was my parents didn't like fantasy, and I used to think this would mean I wouldn't like it either.

I'm glad I tried Harry Potter anyway. For me, like I said, it's not covered in sauce of youth memories. And as a book I liked it, but didn't think it was that great. I liked the world JK Rowling created but saw that it was far from flawless.

Sometimes it feels like you like everything around it better than the original book. It is quite hard to describe...

Review
5 Stars
The Beast
The Beast - Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström

This was the first book by the writing duo Roslund and Hellström that I read, but it was certainly not my last. While it's been a while since I read the book, I see I rewarded it five stars.

I remember it as thought-provoking. It's not so much the murder mystery, but the questions that arise afterwards that form this book. While the topic and the crimes are disturbing, I really enjoyed the book
. I find it's a theme that often comes back in their books, and it is one of the reasons why I like to read them.

Review
2 Stars
The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto (Little Black Classics #20) - Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx

This was part of the Little Black Classics collection from Penguin I'm reading my way through. And while I'm really glad there is a great variety of different kinds of books in this collection, there have been some disappointments on the way.

I was interested in reading The Communist Manifesto, not because of its communist thoughts but rather from a historical point of view. Fear for communism is something I've never completely understood, but then I was born safely in the 1990s so perhaps that's only natural.

So, while not expecting much in the terms of the content, I did expect something that would be easy readable. It was not. I've said before that I'm judging these books based on the reading experience I had, and it was just so boring. I sort of fell asleep twice (in the span of only fifty pages!). I think that says it all.

Little Black Classics #20

Review
3 Stars
Sixteen
Sixteen - Jen Estes

Fifteen, the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries, gave Ash a view of the future. Sixteen, the long awaited second book, will give her a view of the past. It's been six months, but the pain has remained as strong as before. Not knowing where to find relief, Ash settles for what must be the most stupid thing people have tried to (but try nevertheless), to go back in time in order to change the past!

However, before she can even start on this scheme she must be able to dreamwalk again, which ends her up doing community service for trying to buy drugs. And here Sixteen starts. All the characters from the original cast will make an appearance, but I won't go into the specifics in order to not spoil people who might want to read Fifteen first (which is what I would recommend).

Since it was about two years since I read Fifteen, I was a bit hazy on the details before I started Sixteen, and what surprised me most was how teenager-y it was. Of course Ash is just fifteen years old and when she's not fending of the demons, she is a normal teenager, but it somehow still took some getting used to it from my side. The story was still interesting, although it was a bit more of the same after a while. What I most certainly didn't like what the super sweet ending where

it turned out that Nadine was only such an annoying person because the Jumlin was near. I would have much preferred to see her being not a likable person, but still not evil. Now it made the whole, we shouldn't kill you stuff way too easy.

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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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